Connect with us

Vibe

Shay drops smashing new single, Bala Bala

Published

on

Hip-Hop enthusiast and rapper Motswasejane Phongula Dinonyane also known as ‘Shay’ joined forces with his friend and fellow rapper Junior to bring another smash track to Botswana’s airwaves titled Bala Bala. Shay noted that the single speaks to the “noise” he has been hearing around the hip-hop genre of late. “Being a (hip-hop) purist, this has both hurt and annoyed me and I felt something must be said or done. I would like for the local (hip-hop) scene to get back to rapping as that was and still should be what BW Hip Hop is known for.

The song speaks to all those watering down and butchering the art form I have been in love with for more years than I care to remember,” he said. Having worked on his solo project for the past year, Shay is poised to release a collage of music, which has seen him collaborate across different genres. Some of the names he features on the project are, Mpho Sebina, Zuziwe Mavuma, Snubby Nub, Mix’Loso, The Black Bowties, Junior and Blain to name few.

Shay has been rapping since the age of 10. He has been a member of a few groups over the years such as Youngcanny Sess AKA Sess Kids, which was the brother group to the Uncanny Sessmen, which comprised of respected local rappers. He later partnered with Blain to form the rap duo Blain and Shay, to release a mixtape dubbed Favorite Strangers in 2011.

Their lead and hit single Victory Lap, to date still enjoys airplay on local radio stations. The Victory Lap hitmaker, dedicated the last few years to working on his solo project titled OK The EP, contributing to his peers’ projects and recording songs with a bunch of local artists. Shay noted that he needed to rediscover who he was , as an artiste. “I feel with the project I have recorded, I am well on my way to self-discovery, at least as far as my music is concerned,” he said. Shay grown from strength to strength and he is ready to deliver another hit single.

The song will be available on local radio stations as well for sale on online stores such iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, eMusic, Simfy, Deezer, Rhapsody, X-Box Live, MixRadio, MUVE Music and others.

Continue Reading
Comments

Vibe

BOSJE elevates jazz education in Botswana

Published

on

CHANGING LIVES: Music has the power to empower youth.

The Botswana Society of Jazz Education (BOSJE) will host the 9th annual International Jazz Day for the 3rd time this year at the Maitisong theatre. According to the founding chairperson Akhutlheng Mogami, the society was formed to create a platform for jazz musicians and aspiring jazz musicians to grow and share ideas and even have their work documented.

“As a society, we have realized a need for jazz education. There is also no documentation about jazz in Botswana, which makes it difficult for both the teachers and students when it comes to teaching and learning about jazz as there is no local content to refer to. It is also for purposes of funding applications to run workshops and host festivals and exchange programs that we needed to have a legally registered nonprofit making entity as this one,” she said.

BOSJE was officially registered on the 31st of August 2015 with the registrar of societies and some its objectives include to ensure the growth of Jazz in Botswana and development of jazz education; to build jazz community by advancing education and research; to document, preserve and archive our Botswana jazz heritage; to promote skills development and performance through jazz camps, exchange programs and jazz shows and festivals, and to also develop new audiences.

In January 2017 the society formed a youth jazz big band (Big Bands). Mogami noted that they managed to bring together young people from all walks of life to teach them about jazz and how to play jazz. Since then, the band has been growing substantially both musically and professionally. She noted that The Big Bands in Botswana project which aims to put together jazz bands in schools and communities all over the country. “The project brings together young people and teaches them to play music in an ensemble set up.

The project commenced on the 15th of February 2019 with the primary objective of this project is to bring positive social change through music. Children who are involved in this music program receive a music education, which we believe will lead them to improved overall academic success. The children will also learn the essential skills needed for the 21st century workforce.

In addition to that, these children will also have a platform to exercise their creativity, and all this will in turn grow their confidence.” The band has graced the Masire foundation annual gala dinner, International Jazz Day, Annual De Beers sight holders Dinner, and Gaborone toastmasters among others.

Continue Reading

Vibe

Diva Vebrok and Benson Phutego drop love sin gle

The MidweekSun Admin

Published

on

NEW OFFERING: Benson & Diva Vebrok’s listening session rocked

Diva Vebrok and Benson Phutego recently released their joint single titled Ha o ka leba. The two launched the song at a listening session at Greenberry Gardens. Music artists including Nono, Franco and promoters PP and Gloria Dzwikiti as well as other industry role players flocked the venue to listen to what the two have to offer and they were not disappointed.

The single is good quality – from the melody, lyrics, rthyme and production. The divine diva Diva Vebrok adds a golden touch with her smooth voice while the bold and eloquent Phutego’s voice complements hers as he breaks out into poetry.

Director of ceremony at the listening session Berry Heart also kept the crowd galvanised throughout the night with her energetic spirit. President of Music Promotions Zenzele Hirschfield expressed appreciation for the support rendered to the two and highlighted that it is important for artists to support one another. “I am honoured to see that that many people in the local music industry have come out to support their fellow artists.

This means a lot and we really need to unite as artists all the time,” she said. She sang praises for Diva Vebrok who she said was passionate and hard working. “She is more than just an artist but also an influencer and entrepreneur. She is one of the women in the music industry who work hard and never give up on their craft,” she said.

Phutego impressed the crowd with his words of wisdom as he appreciated being featured by Ve brok on the single. “It was great working with her as she is passionate and hard working. Women are the pillars of society and as such they should be respected. I have no regrets about this project because I am confident that we produced a great love song.”

Continue Reading

Trending